Enriching the Lives of Acadiana Children - ESA
Jan 11, 2017 05:14PM
● By Caitlin Marshall
While many times, it seems that the greatest investments in education take place during the all-important high school years with college and career prep, the formative early years of children’s education are essential in building the curiosity, creativity and ingenuity so vital for excelling in secondary education and beyond. And that’s the reason for all the construction at 721 East Kaliste Saloom Road!
Episcopal School of Acadiana is excited to be nearing completion of its brand new Enrichment Center for its Lower School Campus. Located in the former LAFCO Boats building, this state-of-the-art center has been designed specifically with young learners in mind and will house the STEAM programs—Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math—with an arts academy, science, robotic and technology programs, music and theatre, chapel and performance space, library, and makerspaces.
“We’re thrilled to have this long-awaited vision finally come to fruition for our younger students and feel that this Center will be such an asset for Acadiana,” shares Dr. Paul Baker, Headmaster at ESA. “When you provide children with an inspiring environment and the right tools, the possibilities for learning are limitless.”
Robotics programming, 3-D printing, infrastructure engineering, and Cajun history preservation are just a few of the educational opportunities that will be provided. The Center will also allow for expansion of ESA’s art programs. The fine arts classroom will have room for a kiln, enabling students to work with clay and ceramics, and the music/drama rooms will provide more room for rehearsals of the school’s annual spring musical as well as opportunities for more instrumental music instruction.
“Encouraging independence is the best gift we can give any child. For me, witnessing that moment when a young student encounters a challenge and realizes they have what it takes to meet it head-on, that’s what it’s all about,” says Kathleen O’Shaughnessy, Head of ESA’s Lower School.
Slated to host a grand opening celebration and officially open for students in late January, ESA’s Enrichment Center will provide a unique space where young minds can be enriched, helping to shape the future of Acadiana one child at a time. Visit www.esacadiana.com to learn more.